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Author Topic: Crime writer Agatha Christies's lost diamonds to be auctioned  (Read 2505 times)
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« on: October 07, 2014, 12:21:19 PM »


An Agatha Christie fan who bought a trunk from the novelist's estate only to discover it contained family jewels, is selling the diamonds at auction.

Jennifer Grant bought the case, with a strongbox inside, in 2006 at a sale at the writer's former home in Devon.

It was not until four years later she forced open the box and found a diamond brooch and ring inside.

Now Mrs Grant, of Nutley, East Sussex, is auctioning the jewels at Bonhams which could fetch up to 13,000.

The travelling trunk, which belonged to Agatha Christie's mother, was part of a contents sale at the novelist's former estate, Greenway.
 
Mrs Grant bought it for 100 and when it arrived, she discovered a sealed metal strongbox inside which was bolted to the base of the trunk.

She said: "The strongbox made the trunk a great heavy thing, so it sat at the bottom of the stairs for years.

"I almost did not want to open it because then the mystery would be over.

 Inside the box was a purse containing gold coins as well as the diamond brooch and ring
"When friends came round we would tip the trunk from one side to the other and listen to hear if anything rattled

"If you were very quiet you could just about hear something sliding inside."

Four years after buying the trunk, Mrs Grant had builders in and wrenched open the box with a crowbar.

Inside she found a purse of gold coins, a diamond brooch and a three-stone diamond ring, items that are mentioned in Agatha Christie's biography as pieces earmarked for her and her sister Madge.

Mrs Grant said: "I had read Agatha Christie's biography and so I knew exactly what I was looking at.

"They matched the description exactly, I was nearly hyperventilating."

Now the jewels are to go under the hammer at Bonhams in Knightsbridge with the brooch offered at between 6,000 and 8,000 and the ring offered at between 3,000 and 5,000.


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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2014, 12:35:02 PM »

WOW   What a story.  How on earth did she resist opening it for 4 years.

As she bought it in 2006 I assume they have already been auctioned. I wonder how much they eventually sold for.

Good article Neil.

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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2014, 12:39:01 PM »

Hi Val - The Auction is tomorrow at Bonhams should you want to place a bid!

Cheers
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2014, 12:50:02 PM »

Ha Ha Ha  Grin    Yes I'm sure.   The only compatibility between diamonds and detecting is when you find them. Plus I hate to see beautiful stones adorning wrinkled old hands.


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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2014, 05:21:14 PM »

ive just secured 800 acres  detecting permission on the estate of a very famous actress and 1 of the wealthiest actresses of her time} ,, I wonder if they have got any old boxes for sale  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2014, 01:03:27 PM »

Reporting back from the auction site.

Brooch................Sold for 27,500

Ring....................Sold for 21,875

Now that's not too dusty for a 100 purchase. Shocked

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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2014, 04:38:49 PM »

WOW  !!!!!!
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